I heard a similar story about when [Paul Sally](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Sally) visited a grade school classroom. He asked the students what they were learning, and they said "Adding fractions. It's really hard, you have to find the greatest common denominator...." Sally said "Forget about...(read more)
Cool, do you remember what the 5-minute explanation was?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on A Fable Of Politics And Science. Would you say that Barron's attitude is better than Ferris's, at least sometimes?
I like the resemblance to this scene from The Fall Of Doc Future.
Why is the scenario you describe the "real" argument for transitivity, rather than the sequential scenario? Or are you pointing to a class of scenarios that includes the sequential one?
This seems to belong to a family of personal narratives invented by people at
CFAR (some combination of Andrew Critch and Valentine Smith?).
* Here's a post
about a narrative that says that you're immune to narratives....(read more)
Regarding a couple of your concrete suggestions: I like the idea of using existing academic jargon where it exists. That way, reading LW would teach me search terms I could use elsewhere or to communicate with non-LW users. (Sometimes, though, it's better to come up with a new term; I like "trigger-...(read more)
Sorry, I was imagining a scenario where a person has an unpleasant experience and then leaves the community because for the last several months all their close contacts in the community were in the context of an unpleasant living situation. That's bad for the person, and unfortunate for the communit...(read more)